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Wednesday, June 19
 

5:00pm

Opening Reception
Join us for networking, cocktails and appetizers prior to the opening night keynote and dinner! 

5:00pm

KEYNOTE : Getting to Yes! Toward a Living Campus using the Living Building and Living Community Challenge
Leaders from three diverse colleges/universities share their expertise and experience transforming their campuses using the Living Building Challenge and Living Community  Challenge. Amanda Sturgeon will moderate an engaging and thoughtful discussion exploring how they have been able to move the needle on innovation toward a regenerative, sustainable, responsible, and Living Future on their campuses. They will share stories from their own experiences and tips for others on how to build consensus, buy in, and momentum within complex organizations of higher education to take on the commitment and challenge to lead the way. They will show they have been and how all colleges and universities can answer the call of Greta Thunberg and other youth climate activists for the adults of today to take real and impactful action. Their voice, vision, dedication, experience, perspective, and expertise will both be inspiring and educational.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Sturgeon

Amanda Sturgeon

CEO, ILFI
Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. Amanda is an award-winning architect who enjoyed a successful 15-year career working to harmonize the relationship between peo... Read More →
avatar for Amy Johns

Amy Johns

Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College
Amy Johns is the director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College where she works to make the college’s daily operations more sustainable while providing educational opportunities for on-campus communities and off-campus colleagues.  After more than... Read More →
avatar for Heather Henriksen

Heather Henriksen

Managing Director, Harvard University Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
Heather Henriksen has served as Harvard University’s chief sustainability officer since 2008, advising the President and senior leadership on strategy and building an organizational change enterprise.  Heather leads the Office for Sustainability which oversees the implementation... Read More →
avatar for John J. DuCongé, RA, LEED AP

John J. DuCongé, RA, LEED AP

Senior Project Manager, The Georgia Institute of Technology
John DuCongé is a Senior Project Manager in the Design & Construction department at The Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2000, he served as a Project Architect in Gensler’s Washington D.C. and Atlanta offices for more than fifteen... Read More →


7:00pm

 
Thursday, June 20
 

8:30am

9:00am

9:15am

First Steps for Giant Strides: Using Healthier Materials on Your Campus
Campus construction projects using healthier materials have become both leading-edge and attainable, as a growing data reservoir, increased market pressure and refined processes have slashed the required time and effort by two thirds. Along with fostering a brighter future for all, creating healthier buildings offers novel educational opportunities; a fresh, values-driven initiative that excites donors; and a framework to draw in and engage diverse constituencies.

We begin with the “why” of focusing on materials, including the ways healthier buildings underscore an institution’s social justice message, burnish school brand and reputation, provide more productive workplaces to work and reduce amortized building costs, including lowering remediation costs for renovations or at end of life.

The “how” of healthier materials examines pitching greener buildings to decision makers, maintaining healthy materials buy-in from owners and teams and shrinking the materials palette within and among projects (including how this is beneficial and how to do it). An overview of making the best material choices presents simple strategies for incorporating healthier building materials, explores top product categories for the largest impact, identifies specific healthy building products and where to find more, and explains reasons for using specs as the basis for a transition to healthier materials.

Speakers
avatar for Charley Stevenson

Charley Stevenson

Sustainability Consultant, Integrated Eco Strategy
Charley Stevenson is a sustainability consultant and green building entrepreneur focused on helping others understand and implement LBC. Since 2010, Stevenson’s company, Integrated Eco Strategy (IES), has managed the green aspects of projects from 1,000 to 500,000 square feet, include... Read More →


9:15am

Lifting the Lid: Designing & Delivering an Effective Living Building Tour
For a Living Building, the project isn’t over once the building is complete. Owners of Living Buildings are uniquely positioned to share their transformative spaces with others, offering a gateway into the LBC community for all. A powerful educational and experiential tool, tour programs can strengthen relationships with local communities, raise awareness of engagement opportunities, and empower building occupants and visitors with a deeper level of living building systems understanding.

In this workshop, three experienced LBC guides will discuss the value, strategy, and impact of building tours, tackling questions such as: How can tours support your institutional or corporate mission? What makes a memorable tour? How do we offer effective tours with sometimes limited knowledge and resources? How can we make our tours accessible to all? What are the goals of a tour program, and how do you know if you’ve been successful? 

We’ll share how Hampshire College and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment leverage tours to strengthen the impact of their Living Building Challenge projects: as part of new building-based research and curriculum, as a component of community outreach and K-12 education, and as a way to involve people in the construction process. Participants will learn how to design tours based on learning theory and proven engagement strategies, including hands-on activities, participatory problem-solving, and digital content. We’ll then invite you to develop a concept plan for your own project tour, offering support and feedback based on our experience. Each participant will leave with a plan to implement a unique, effective, and value-added tour program for their own project or site.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Draper

Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Schultz

Jessica Schultz

Communications and Living Building Coordinator, Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Jessica Schultz is Living Building Coordinator for Hitchcock Center for the Environment. She developed and leads the Center’s Living Building tour program and manages building system operations. She is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, is Living Future Accredited, and lead... Read More →
avatar for Josie Eilertsen

Josie Eilertsen

Alumni, Hampshire College
Born and raised in Southern California, Josie Eilertsen graduated from Hampshire College inMay 2018 with Five College Architecture Major and Sustainability Certificate. At Hampshireshe studied sustainable buildings and informal education specifically at the R. W. Kern Center,the 17th... Read More →


9:15am

Towards A Fossil Fuel Free Campus: Leaders from Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Brown University Share Their Bold Plans and Accomplishments
It's no secret that college and university campuses are heavy energy users with high greenhouse gas emissions (spoiler alert – it's the buildings). The urgency of the climate crisis and student activism, together with rising operating costs have driven many colleges and universities to adopt institutional climate commitments that require bold actions to reduce or eliminate their carbon impacts in just a few short decades. This will require significant changes to how we heat, cool, and power our buildings.

Join a discussion of the programs, projects, and plans they are putting in place to achieve their planned reductions. They'll talk through their explorations of net zero energy, decarbonization, carbon-free electricity, fossil-fuel-free, and more, to show how similar carbon reduction goals can be achieved by wildly differing strategies and by institutions of varying sizes and means. Along the way, they'll share the easy wins and tough calls that went into their latest initiatives (such as on-site solar, off-site solar, fuel switching, and electrification).

• Understand how different colleges and universities approach "decarbonization" or "carbon neutrality"
• Articulate options for renewable and carbon-free electricity supply
• Evaluate options for carbon-free heating systems
• Identify strategies for making and keeping bold climate commitments

Speakers
avatar for Todd Holland

Todd Holland

Mechanical Engineer, Tighe & Bond
Todd Holland is a mechanical engineer and specialist in energy efficiency at Tighe & Bond in Westfield, Mass.  Design and project management experience includes solar energy, cogeneration, envelope improvements, air-source heat pumps, controls upgrades, variable speed drives, and... Read More →
avatar for Laura Draucker

Laura Draucker

Director of Sustainability, Amherst College
Laura Draucker is the Director of Sustainability at Amherst College. Laura relocated to Amherst from Washington, D.C., where she had worked as a senior associate and sustainability manager at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global, environmental non-profit think tank. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Jim Brassord

Jim Brassord

Chief of Campus Operations, Amherst College
Jim Brassord is the Chief of Campus Operations at Amherst College. In addition to his Facilitiesresponsibilities, he oversees a number of operational departments including Dining Services, CampusPolice, Environmental Health & Safety, Sustainability, and Real Estate. In his 20 plus... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Stephen Porder

Dr. Stephen Porder

Associate Professor, Assistant Provost For Sustainability, Brown University


9:15am

Water Resource Management: Onsite Water Reuse for Universities & Campuses
In addition to water scarcity, drivers to consider water reuse now include aging or inadequate infrastructure, resiliency, resource recovery, green-building initiatives (LBC/LEED) and increasing costs for conventional water and sewer. Onsite or distributed systems are located closer to the source and point of use making it more efficient to recover and reuse both the water and embedded energy.  

Case studies will be reviewed including The New School University (NYC) and the redevelopment of Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus (Mountain View, California). The New School University represents an urban academic application of direct non-potable water reuse within the University Center. This system requires a very high level of treatment in a very small footprint with membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology for flushwater, cooling and laundry reuse. The Microsoft campus incorporates a wetland treatment system that addresses the Living Building Challenge water petal objectives for non-potable water. These projects are a testament to the evolution of distributed systems over the last few decades including changes in regulations, technology and project delivery methods along with the integration of our water and energy infrastructure. This presentation will focus on drivers for these projects, benefits, key challenges, lessons learned, financial drivers/solutions and a discussion as to how the elements of these projects can be replicated at other universities and campuses.

Participants will learn how these approaches can:
• Reduce total water consumption by 50 to 95% and 100% non-potable water use reduction along with associated application to the Living Building Challenge process
• Reduce wastewater discharges and waste loads by 60 to 100%
• Reduce environmental impacts from Combined Sewer Overflows
• Reduce nutrient and chemical loads to water bodies
• Incorporate energy recovery with economical operations that uses the waste as a resource, provides treatment at the source and yields a favorable Life Cycle Cost and Life Cycle Assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Zach F. Gallagher

Zach F. Gallagher

Executive Vice President, Natural Systems Utilities
Mr. Gallagher is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional holding BS and MS degrees from Rutgers University in Bio-Resource and Civil/Environmental Engineering.  He is currently Executive Vice President for Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) and past Vice... Read More →
avatar for Erik D. Eibert, PE, LEED AP

Erik D. Eibert, PE, LEED AP

Assistant Director, Sustainability Initiatives, The New School
Erik is an advocate of the need for business to lead on issues of shared societal and global environmental concern. He currently leads sustainability initiatives at The New School, and operates a small organic vineyard in his hometown of Skaneateles, NY.Erik holds a BS in Biological... Read More →


10:30am

10:45am

Equity in the Design Process
A variety of people both inside and outside of higher education have been increasingly working on creating a more equitable built environment that works for all community members.  The Living Building Challenge and Living Community Challenge both have an equity petal that has helped to spur and shape that conversation.  One early lesson is that equity in the built environment hinges on equity of process, on hearing the voices of all, including those in traditionally underrepresented groups.  The feedback and decision making structures in higher education - and the building design and construction process - need adjustments to fulfill the promise of equity.  In our work as part of the building process at Williams, we’ve developed lots of questions and thoughts about equity of process and have piloted a variety of techniques, but we are far from having all of the answers.  This session is intended to be a working session where the facilitators will frame the issue and lead discussions and activities to address the following questions:

1. What voices do we struggle to hear and engage in our existing processes?
2. How can we physically get underrepresented stakeholders in to the room for meetings and discussions?
3. How can we structure meetings and discussion to bring out and hear voices that are frequently minimized or marginalized?
4. What tools can we use beyond in-person meetings and discussions to gather concerns, feedback and questions in an equitable and transparent way?

We also hope to demonstrate some innovative discussion and meeting structures during this session as a way of building attendees’ tool-kits for equitable discussions.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Johns

Amy Johns

Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College
Amy Johns is the director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College where she works to make the college’s daily operations more sustainable while providing educational opportunities for on-campus communities and off-campus colleagues.  After more than... Read More →
avatar for Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Assistant Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College
Mike Evans is the Assistant Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College where he delves into issues of sustainable food, waste diversion, the built environment, and equity & justice. Prior to his time at Williams, he worked in the nonprofit world... Read More →


10:45am

How and Why to Pursue Net Positive Water on the Campus
The campus setting provides a unique opportunity to shift the paradigm of how humans relate to water. Net Positive Water is more than a simple water budget that balances the demands of people and place. Decentralized water harvesting, treatment, and recycling infrastructure can be implemented using a regenerative approach that creates abundance, resiliency and equity; heals conflict between the built and natural environment; and inspires a multitude of minds to think about our place in the world differently. Through an overview of design considerations, technical strategies, and project examples, participants will learn how we can design integrated water systems that restore the integrity of nature and our relationship with it.

Speakers
avatar for Robert

Robert "Skip" Backus

CEO, Omega Center for Sustainable Living
Robert "Skip" Backus is the chief executive officer of Omega Institute. For more than 20 years, he has played a leadership role at Omega as operations director and campus manager, maintaining all of Omega’s buildings. In this capacity, he helped Omega lay the foundation for its... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Case Masé

Ryan Case Masé

Project Manager, Senior Engineering Team, Biohabitats
Since 2001, Ryan Masé has been involved in pioneering work to create wastewater treatment and recycling systems designed as analogs of Earth’s rivers, lakes and wetlands. He began his career working with ecological designer, Dr. John Todd. His passion for living water has led... Read More →


10:45am

Living Building Tour: R.W. Kern Center
Come explore the R.W. Kern Center, one of just 23 certified Living Buildings in the world.

We’ll lift the lid on the composting toilets, check in on the rooftop solar, and see how we keep tabs on where the electricity goes. Check out the greywater system to learn how wastewater is filtered via the building's indoor plants and sent outdoors to a constructed wetland. See how rainwater is collected, filtered, and treated to make drinking water. We'll also take look at the finishes and materials that make up a Living Building, and some clever and puzzling details you might miss on a casual walk-through. This tour is an authentic account of what makes our Living Building tick- the challenges, setbacks, and successes.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Draper

Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Nielson

Christopher Nielson

Architect, Bruner/Cott Architects
Christopher is passionate about design that respects our building heritage, supports community, and addresses the issues of climate change. As project architect for the Kern Center, Christopher brought project goals and ideas to life, working closely with the rest of the project team... Read More →


10:45am

Translating Science into Practice to Deliver Healthier Materials
Research from Harvard University faculty and other scientists has clearly shown the danger of certain chemicals of concern, yet these chemicals are pervasive throughout many common building materials.  Some of the most effective interventions for enhancing the health, productivity and well-being of people in the built environment can be achieved with healthier building materials and products. Harvard University to using its campus as a testbed to translate science into practice to develop scalable solutions for a healthier built environment. Come learn about Harvard’s transferable approach, best practices and lessons learned that can be leveraged and applied in your built environment work to benefit human and planetary health.  

Speakers
avatar for Heather Henriksen

Heather Henriksen

Managing Director, Harvard University Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
Heather Henriksen has served as Harvard University’s chief sustainability officer since 2008, advising the President and senior leadership on strategy and building an organizational change enterprise.  Heather leads the Office for Sustainability which oversees the implementation... Read More →


12:00pm

1:00pm

Living Building Tour: The Hitchcock Center for the Environment - Educating for a Healthy Planet
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is home to the 23rd Certified Living Building in the world and the 4th in Massachusetts. It is a powerful teaching tool that supports a new approach to achieving environmental literacy in the 21st century. The net zero energy building harvests and recycles its own water and is designed to model systems in nature. It uses composting toilets, and was constructed with responsibly sourced, nontoxic materials. Come find out what makes the building a special teaching tool empowering visitors to ask, “what does sustainability look like in the built environment and in my community?”

Speakers
avatar for Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Executive Director, Hitchcock Center for the Environment
For the past 17 years, Julie has worked to strengthen the impact and reach of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s mission to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and to develop environmentally literate citizens. She has kept the Hitchcock Center... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Schultz

Jessica Schultz

Communications and Living Building Coordinator, Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Jessica Schultz is Living Building Coordinator for Hitchcock Center for the Environment. She developed and leads the Center’s Living Building tour program and manages building system operations. She is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, is Living Future Accredited, and lead... Read More →
avatar for Sam Batchelor, AIA

Sam Batchelor, AIA

Partner, designLAB Architects
Sam Batchelor's work is founded in a responsibility to the importance of craft and community. He maintains a hands-on involvement in designLAB’s projects from schematic design through construction and post-occupancy. Sam is an artful communicator, facilitating collaboration between... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Ard Haigh, AIA, IIDA, LEED

Kelly Ard Haigh, AIA, IIDA, LEED

Partner, designLAB Architects
Kelly Haigh is a partner at designLAB architects. She served as project architect for the recently completed Delbridge Family Center for the Arts at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Her previous collaborations include the Emery Community... Read More →


1:00pm

Re-Wilding Human Habitat
Regenerative Design stands above mere sustainability by suggesting that reaching balance, in the face of global climate change and the social inequity that accompanies it, is no longer enough. It suggests that we must instead restore each Place we encounter to a condition of wholeness. Seeing nature as inspiration is a key step in restoring our buildings, neighborhoods, communities, and cities to their full potential.

To leverage nature, a critical shift in philosophy is taking place. The built environment is no longer simply a “machine for living” as we have been taught by our modernist, international-style roots. Instead, a new notion of shared and intensely local habitat for people is coming into focus; one that is informed by the simple truth that WE ARE NATURE.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Sturgeon

Amanda Sturgeon

CEO, ILFI
Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. Amanda is an award-winning architect who enjoyed a successful 15-year career working to harmonize the relationship between peo... Read More →


1:00pm

What I Wish I Knew Before We Started?
The Living Building at Georgia Tech is a partnership between The Kendeda Fund, Georgia Tech, Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership, and Skanska to build what is expected to become the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast. Designing a successful Living Building project is by necessity a collaborative and integrated endeavor. The partnership represents a shared commitment between all of the parties to lead, educate and transform in the areas of ecology and regenerative buildings, and create opportunities for replicability for other building owners, designers and constructors.  Join us as we share the collective experience of designing a Living Building Challenge project in the hot, humid climate of the southeastern United States. Representatives from GT, Lord Aeck Sargent and Skanska will discuss the design and construction process and specifically note “what they wish they had known before they started.”  Presented in an interactive format, the panel will discuss what it means to work in an open, collaborative design environment, tell a few stories from the trenches and allows ample time for audience questions to the panel.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Gassman

Joshua Gassman

Senior Associate Architect, Lord Aeck Sargent
For nearly 20 years Joshua has led large, multi-faceted design teams focused on sustainable design. During his career he has managed a broad spectrum of projects, ranging from large research labs for major universities to interpretive and education centers. He has worked extensively... Read More →
avatar for John J. DuCongé, RA, LEED AP

John J. DuCongé, RA, LEED AP

Senior Project Manager, The Georgia Institute of Technology
John DuCongé is a Senior Project Manager in the Design & Construction department at The Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2000, he served as a Project Architect in Gensler’s Washington D.C. and Atlanta offices for more than fifteen... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Mitchell

Jimmy Mitchell

Director of Project Solutions, Skanska
Jimmy started with Skanska in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech.  Sustainability is a career passion, one of Georgia’s first LEED managers, created the Atlanta Mission urban garden, and a founding board member of the construction material reuse... Read More →


1:00pm

When Builders Talk – Gaining Knowledge, Insight, and Momentum
A round table of veteran Living Building Makers reflect on how the Living Building Challenge has changed them and their work - touching on the obstacles and opportunities going forward.Deep sustainability goals increase workforce and leadership interest, commitment, enthusiasm and resourcefulness. By gathering as construction and trade veterans of two Living Building projects at two inspired institutions, the panelists will present briefly and then engage in questions and discussion among the panelists and with the session participants. Themes will include building cooperation, problem solving, and inspirational take-aways going forward, along with a generous helping of real time stories!  Presenters include mechanical contractor, electrical contractor, project management staff and the timber design / fabricator for the R.W. Kern Center.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright

Founder and Senior Advisor, Wright Builders Inc.
Jonathan has been an active regional leader in sustainable design and construction since the 1970’s. Under his guidance Wright Builders completed over 40 LEED certifications. He provided leadership for preconstruction planning, materials selection and budgeting on both Living Buildings... Read More →
avatar for Mark F. Ledwell

Mark F. Ledwell

President, Wright Builders Inc.
Mark served as Project Manager for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and led that team through the final design, permitting sourcing and construction processes. As a skilled craftsman and artisan in his own right, he lent his methods insight and knowledge, along with managerial... Read More →
avatar for Linda Gaudreau

Linda Gaudreau

Operations Manager, Wright Builders Inc.
Linda is responsible for permitting, planning, dispatching at Wright builders. She also manages all aspects of building certifications and compliance for LEED and Living Building Challenge. She has led the teams that, along with designers and consultants, vetted over 800 materials... Read More →
avatar for Chris Carbone

Chris Carbone

Company Steward and Team Leader, Bensonwood
Chris is recognized as an innovator in wood based, off-site construction systems, and leads the Bensonwood engineering department in developing creative solutions for sustainable architecture and construction. He has spearheaded Bensonwood's involvement in mass timber, working on... Read More →
avatar for James Moran

James Moran

MJ Moran Mechanical Contractors, Founder
Jim has nearly 50 years’ experience in the mechanical trades, and his firm services projects throughout western New England. He and his firm provided expert mechanical services for the R. W. Kern Center, and were instrumental in solving many process and construction questions as... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Crocker

Jamie Crocker

President, Crocker Communications, Electrical Contractors
Jamie and his team provided electrical services for both Living Buildings on the Hampshire College campus, providing ingenious and beautiful exposed work, resourcefulness, problem solving, and integrating with other trades and designers. They arranged with their suppliers to ensure... Read More →


2:15pm

Break + Book Signing (Living Building Makers, by Jonathan A. Wright)
Light snacks/coffee + tea provided

Book Signing:
LIVING BUILDING MAKERS: Creating Sustainable Buildings That Renew Our World
 
by Jonathan A. Wright.


Living Building Makers is a handcrafted collection of stories celebrating the people who bring the built environment to life. Each story captures the insights, creativity, and discoveries of the often unsung individuals - builders, tradespeople, designers, engineers, educators, craftspeople, and owners – who rolled up their sleeves to play a part in creating two of the greenest buildings in the world that stand on the campus of Massachusetts’ renowned Hampshire College.

Builder, poet, storyteller, and modern-day Renaissance man Jonathan A. Wright takes readers from the drafting table to the job site and into the lives of the makers who plied their skills wholeheartedly and, in turn, experienced unexpected personal and professional growth. The book enables a deeper understanding of the issues facing the environment through the creation of the R.W. Kern Center and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment , as well as the aspirational nature of the world's greenest building standard, the Living Building Challenge.

Wright balances storytelling with truth-telling distilled from his unique perspective and faithful connection to the buildings, colleagues, and the college he holds dear. Focusing on the trades but including the cadre of professionals who influenced these remarkable projects at every stage, Wright’s tales take readers into the daily routines of the makers whose pride in their work lives on long after construction is complete. Living Building Makers will be available in the Spring of 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright

Founder and Senior Advisor, Wright Builders Inc.
Jonathan has been an active regional leader in sustainable design and construction since the 1970’s. Under his guidance Wright Builders completed over 40 LEED certifications. He provided leadership for preconstruction planning, materials selection and budgeting on both Living Buildings... Read More →


3:00pm

Be the Change You Want to See: Getting to Yes on Your Campus
This interactive session builds on the topics introduced in Wednesday’s Keynote Panel and no doubt came up throughout a variety of the day’s sessions – specifically how to we get started and build momentum overtime for deep commitments and bold actions. Moderated by two leaders at their respective institutions, Williams College and Brown University, this working session is a time to ask questions of the facilitators and other participants, to explore solutions to common problems, learn from one another, and identify opportunities for collaboration moving forward.

How do you build consensus, buy in, and momentum within complex organizations of higher education to take on the commitment and challenge to lead the way to a Living Future? Come share your stories and solutions and ask your questions. Together we can find the way.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Johns

Amy Johns

Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College
Amy Johns is the director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College where she works to make the college’s daily operations more sustainable while providing educational opportunities for on-campus communities and off-campus colleagues.  After more than... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Stephen Porder

Dr. Stephen Porder

Associate Professor, Assistant Provost For Sustainability, Brown University


3:00pm

Building the Movement for LBC Projects in the Region
This interactive session will frame the Living Future Collaborative of New England as a network by considering human driven activity infused with biological solutions. Using biomimetic models as a source of possible network structures, the facilitators will open up some intriguing possibilities for what we do and how we work together to create more Living Buildings and Living Communities in the Northeast.

The moderators will facilitate a conversation based on the network models presented with the aim to derive a new model for working together, determining where we can go and the support system we can develop all building towards a living future.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Newman, LEED AP, O+M EcoDistrict AP

Jim Newman, LEED AP, O+M EcoDistrict AP

Principal, Linnean Solutions
Jim is the founder and Principal at Linnean Solutions, a mission-driven rm that helps local governments and communities reach resilience and sustainability goals. Jim’s twenty years of experience includes resilience assessments; climate mitigation and adaptation planning; the... Read More →
avatar for DiAnn Mroszczak

DiAnn Mroszczak

Sustainable Director, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates
In the recently founded role of Sustainable Director DiAnn is guiding the evolving ecological design approach at Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA). With a passion for integrated, place-based she is leading her firm to meet a higher standard of sustainable building and regular integration... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Novotny

Christopher Novotny

Biomimicry Strategist & Content Director, Biomimicry New England
Coming from a design, architecture, and construction management background, Chris blends his design and problem-solving expertise with biomimicry to inspire and develop innovative solutions for complex human challenges. Chris holds a BSc in Environmental Design with an emphasis in... Read More →


3:00pm

Getting Started with Healthy Materials on your Campus
This interactive session will focus on the Living Building Challenge’s Materials Petal, featuring deep engagement on topics of particular interest to participants. There will be a mix of large and small group discussion formats to ensure focus on individual interests, as well as collaborative wisdom-gathering. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer solutions in order to develop measurable goals for their campus, understand best practices to incorporate healthier materials in all campus projects, and learn ways to overcome typical barriers.

Speakers
avatar for Charley Stevenson

Charley Stevenson

Sustainability Consultant, Integrated Eco Strategy
Charley Stevenson is a sustainability consultant and green building entrepreneur focused on helping others understand and implement LBC. Since 2010, Stevenson’s company, Integrated Eco Strategy (IES), has managed the green aspects of projects from 1,000 to 500,000 square feet, include... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Carey Moore

Lisa Carey Moore

Sr. Sustainability Analyst, Integrated Eco Strategy, LLC
For the past seven years, Lisa's focus has been on helping clients, primarily in their pursuit of Living Building Challenge certification. Daily she works with members of the design team, manufacturers, specifiers, and contractors to ensure materials compliance for projects pursuing... Read More →


3:00pm

Holistic and Practical Solutions to Net Positive Energy, Carbon, and Water on Your Campus
This interactive session is an opportunity for participants to learn from seasoned professionals and each other how to get move their campuses toward Net Positive Water, Carbon, and Energy.  Whether your campus is just formulating commitments, starting implementation, or well on your way this session will provide inspiration and information to go to the next level toward true carbon neutrality, net positive energy, and sustainable water systems. Moderated by two leaders in the field that have worked with numerous higher education institutions to help them set and meet ambitious leadership goals, this working session is a time to ask questions of the facilitators and other participants, to explore solutions to common problems, learn from one another, and identify opportunities for collaboration moving forward.  Join this panel to create a road map to a Living Future on your campus.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Chamberland

Christopher Chamberland

Civil Engineer, Berkshire Design Group
Chris Chamberland is a civil engineer and certified water nerd at The Berkshire Design Group, an award-winning firm of landscape architects, civil engineers and land surveyors specializing in park and recreation design, site planning and commercial development based in Northampton... Read More →
avatar for Premnath Sundharam

Premnath Sundharam

Global Sustainability Leader, Principal, DLR Group
An industry recognized thought leader on sustainability and high performance building design, Prem serves as the Global Sustainability Leader at DLR Group. In this role, he leads firm wide performance based design initiatives and develops long-term strategies for a more environmentally... Read More →


4:45pm